Koinè is a social cooperative that works in the field of social research, planning, management and development of social services since 1994. It also intervenes on the local level and promotes development projects that foster employment.
Such activities are coherent with the cooperative’s mission: promoting the development of social cohesion, integration, and the wellbeing of local communities. It fosters the development of open and participative elaboration processes, which include new approaches and methods of managing socialsanitary services and educational activities. It also works to create new job opportunities by engaging citizens and recipients, and encouraging them to be self-managing.
Beginning with the rejection of market-based logics that reduce citizenship rights to merchandise, Koinè seeks to protect and expand “common goods” through direct action and the active involvement of families, beneficiaries, and stakeholders. It acts within a cultural perspective, which considers the protection of the regulatory function of Public Institutions as fundamental, along with and perhaps more importantly, the growth of active civil engagement towards social development. The cooperative – located in Arezzo, Italy – manages more than 60 organizations throughout Tuscany, which offer several different types of services with approximately 2,000 individuals who make use of its services daily; furthermore, it functions as technical consultant and partner of several local Public Administrations in order to organize initiatives that foster local development.
Our organizations offer early childhood education, home and residential care for the elderly, social-therapy services for individuals with mental illnesses, rehabilitation and social activities for the disabled, and also socio-educational services for minors and youth.